“Our team and the Reds felt that with our community and our nation in such pain, tonight we wanted 100% of the focus to be on issues that are much more important than baseball,” Brewers reliever and union representative Brent Suter said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Seattle Mariners will not play tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres after Mariners players agreed to postpone it, ESPN has confirmed. The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the postponement. The Mariners have the most Black players of any team in MLB.
The Brewers and Reds game was postponed after the Brewers met following the postponement earlier in the day of three NBA playoff games. Players from the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the floor in protest of the shooting.
Blake, a Black man, was shot at least seven times, apparently in the back, by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he attempted to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle with three of his children inside. Video of the shooting was distributed on social media.
Brewers star reliever Josh Hader told reporters before the meeting that the Bucks’ decision was “an enormous stand,” MLB.com reported.
“It’s more than sports,” Hader said. “This is a time where we need to really not stay quiet and [to] empower our voices.”
A family attorney said Tuesday that Blake is paralyzed and it would “take a miracle” for him to walk again.